Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs: May 4-11

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

Teenage boy is suspect in rash of vehicle break-ins, stolen car in Marine

Marine police officers have identified one suspect — a 15-year-old boy — in a rash of vehicle break-ins reported between 2:45 a.m. and 6 a.m. May 6.

Police Chief Chris Singleton said 12 vehicle break-ins were reported in addition to a stolen car in Marine between Brase Court and North Verson Street, within a three-block radius.

He noted that another stolen car from Granite City was dumped in Marine early in the morning of May 8, around the same time the other car was reportedly taken in Marine.

“... About 24 hours later we received a call from the Jerseyville Police Department stating they had several break-ins and they located paperwork with our victim’s name thrown out near one of their parks,” Singleton said.

He said investigators were able to collect fingerprints from the recovered car and believe the incidents are connected.

“The suspect is a missing juvenile — he’s already been questioned by another agency,” Singleton said. “We don’t believe he acted alone; it is an ongoing investigation — we have a few people we are looking at.”

While Singleton wouldn’t release information about the suspect because he is a juvenile, he did confirm the teenager lives in the metro-east.

Police are advising residents to keep vehicles locked and remove valuable items from the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Chief Singleton at (618) 887-4326 or by email at marinepd@att.net.

Highland man floats his boat, sinks his truck in Greenville lake

A Highland man successfully put his boat into the waters of Governor Bond Lake on May 9, but submerged his truck and trailer in the process.

Sgt. Deb Keserauskis of the Greenville Police Department said that the 45-year-old man was attempting to back his boat into the lake when the accident happened. Keserauskis said the man lost control of his boat, which then caused him to lose control of his truck and trailer. Both the truck and trailer ended up submerged in the lake, while his boat remained floating.

A tow truck was summoned and pulled both the truck and the trailer from the water.

Keserauskis said the only injuries inflicted by the mishap were maybe to the driver’s pride.

“The guy is probably still embarrassed about it,” she said. “But that stuff happens.”

HPD warrant arrests

▪ Justin M. Unger, 26 of Highland was arrested by HPD on May 10 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a possession of cannabis charge. HPD additionally charged him with possession of between 10 and 30 grams of cannabis, a misdemeanor. He was taken to the Madison County Jail.

▪ Christopher W. Korte, 20, of Highland was arrested on May 11 on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of violation of an order of protection. He was taken to the Madison County Jail.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

May 4

▪ No tickets issued.

May 5

▪ Alyssa Anderson, 19, of Highland was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired vehicle registration.

May 6

▪ Zachary Matt, 25, of Sorento was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

May 7

▪ A juvenile girl, 15, of Highland was charged with domestic battery for allegedly battering family members.

▪ Matthew Luther, 26, of Maryville was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

▪ Gerald Daugherty, 73, of Breese was charged with failure to yield when making a left turn.

May 8

▪ Christina Durbin, 37, of Trenton was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

May 9

▪ Nicholas R. Cox, 28, of Elsah and Nicholas R. Settles, 27, who has no permanent address, were each charged with retail theft in the same incident for allegedly taking power tools from Rural King.

▪ Tyler M. Hackethal, 19, of Highland was charged with violation of an order of protection and violation of bail bond conditions.

May 10

▪ Emily Amos, 20, of Highland was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

▪ Savannah Miller, 19, of Columbia was charged with unlawful use of electronic communications device.

May 11

▪ Kyle Parish, 20, of Alhambra was charged with improper use of registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.